Courtney King and Harmony’s Wyoming Ranked 4th on Short List for Germany
Courtney King and Harmony’s Wyoming made the trip from Bedford, New York, to Raleigh, North Carolina, to compete in the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial for the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage and produced outstanding scores in both the Preliminary and Finale tests. King and Harmony’s Wyoming finished in third place overall in the Eastern Trial with a final average score of 8.084. The Selection Trial was held at the 2006 CDI3*/Y Raleigh and Capital Dressage Classic, June 2-4, at the Hunt Horse Complex at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
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“Harmony's Wyoming was awesome over the weekend,” enthused King, who qualified the youngster for the Selection Trial by competing in just two qualifying competitions. “His trot work was the best we could have shown. He was extremely consistent – all of his scores were right around the 8 mark. That's why I believe in this horse so much – he really has the whole package.” Harmony’s Wyoming is a dark brown Hanoverian gelding by Weltmeyer out of Donna Clara by Donnerhall, bred in Germany by Fenna Schulte-Landwehr, and owned by King and Harmony Sport Horses.
The USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial at Raleigh consisted of two classes for each age division (Five- and Six-Year-Olds): the Preliminary Test counted for 40% and the Finale Test accounted for 60% of the overall average score.
On Saturday, King and Harmony’s Wyoming competed in the FEI Dressage Test for Five-Year-Old Horses, Preliminary, earning a score of 8.0, placing third in a field of 11 topnotch youngsters. Teresa Butta-Stanton riding Unitas placed first (8.34) and Jan Brons with Up To Date was second (8.08). Officiating were judges Anne Gribbons, Natalie Lamping, and Jane Weatherwax.
On Sunday, King and Wyoming competed in the FEI Dressage Test for Five-Year-Old Horses, Finale, and earned 8.14 to finish in fourth place in the 11-horse field. Butta-Stanton and Unitas again claimed the blue (8.76) and Brons and Up To Date were again second (8.38).
King’s scores averaged over two days to a final score of 8.084 to give her the third place slot overall in the Eastern Selection Trial.
“What impressed me the most was, once again, this horse's mind,” King related. “It's his third show, and it was in a big indoor arena with grandstand seating, banners, flowers, loudspeakers and fans – and he did not change one iota from the warm-up to the show ring. Even with all of the clapping, he was just as cool as a cucumber. It still amazes me that he won't even really be five years old until August 27!”
In addition to the Eastern Selection Trials in Raleigh, USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials were held in two other regions: Central (CDI3*/Y Cincinnati & Dressage at Paxton Farm, Ohio, May12-14); and Western (Dressage at Flintridge, California, May 26-28) for both Five- and Six-Year-Old Horses.
The FEI sets the number of slots for the U.S. at the World Championships. The United States has received invitations for two horses in each age group (Five- and Six-Year-Olds) to compete in the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage, which will be held August 3-6, in Verden, Germany. Horses with an average score of at least 7.5 from the three Selection Trials were ranked and constitute the USEF/Markel Young Horse Short List.
King and Harmony’s Wyoming succeeded in achieving scores that ranked them in the fourth place slot of the USEF/Markel Young Horse Short List for Five-Year-Olds.
King is currently aiming Harmony’s Wyoming for the 2006 USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage National Championships, which will be held at MSEDA Dressage at the Park, Lexington, Kentucky, September 8-10, 2006.
Horsesdaily On the Scene at the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial for the 2006 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses